Is it the Same as Acupuncture?
Dry needling is based off western medical principles and research. Acupuncture is primarily based off of Eastern philosophy consisting of acupuncture points, motor points, meridians, chi, etc. Dry needling can fall within the scope of practice for acupuncturists. None of the therapists at AID Performance Physical Therapy are licensed to practice acupuncture.
How Does it Work?
Current research has shown the chemical composition of the painful trigger point is immediately altered after the insertion of the needle. This alteration in composition may decrease the signal to the pain receptors and break the pain cycle.
What are the Side Effects & Risks of Dry Needling
Post-treatment, the patient will experience muscle soreness in the area that was treated for a period of 24-72 hours. Patients may also see some bruising in areas that are highly vascularized. There is a slight risk of pneumothorax in areas over the lungs. However, this is very unlikely to occur due to the size of the needle. A small, uncomplicated pneumothorax may quickly heal on its own and is not considered a medical emergency. Your physical therapist will inform you of the signs and symptoms associatated with a pneumothorax as well as when it is appropriate to seek further medical attention.
What can be treated?